Bush's Bipolar disorder and the looming failure of multilateral talks with North Korea

Hayes, P 2003, 'Bush's Bipolar disorder and the looming failure of multilateral talks with North Korea', Arms Control Today, vol. 33, no. 8, pp. 3-6.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Bush's Bipolar disorder and the looming failure of multilateral talks with North Korea
Author(s) Hayes, P
Year 2003
Journal name Arms Control Today
Volume number 33
Issue number 8
Start page 3
End page 6
Total pages 4
Publisher Arms Control Association
Abstract Many U.S. "experts" and the Bush administration believe that the United States came out of the August 2003 six-party talks aimed at halting North Korea's nuclear weapons program in a stronger position than it went in--not least because the D.P.R.K. (North Korea) upset the other states, particularly Russia and China, by threatening to test nuclear weapons while the United States lined up with the other states to advocate a non-nuclear Korean Peninsula. Unfortunately, these pundits and the White House are wrong. A more nuanced assessment of the talks indicates that the outcome may be far less favorable to the United States--and for nonproliferation--than the Bush administration asserts. Rather than shore up Chinese support for the U.S. position, the talks drove a wedge between Washington and Beijing. These discussions also served to highlight the disarray in U.S. policy toward Pyongyang. Contrary to the blithe talk of hardliners, the lack of the progress to date and the poor prospects for future talks have revealed the limits of political and military coercion to achieve nonproliferation goals in Korea. They also point to the failure of U.S. policymakers to exploit North Korea's economic dilemmas in ways that increase mutual security and reduce and eventually eliminate the proliferation threat. Unless the United States shifts gears and develops a more practical and realistic set of proposals for a verifiable end to the North Korean plutonium and highly-enriched uranium programs, Kim Jong Il is likely to walk free with nuclear weapons before the end of President George W. Bush's current term.
Keyword(s) Bush administration
United States
White House
North Korea
D.P.R.K
six-party talks
Russia
China
nuclear weapons
non-nuclear Korean Peninsula
nonproliferation
President George W. Bush
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